I've become a bit of a broken record I'm afraid. Since starting comedy a few years ago, my life has really gone down some unexpected twists and turns, but it is all I seem to ever talk about. I'm endlessly self-promoting - so much that I get tired of hearing myself.
I fell into hosting a show really early on after the Drag Queen Brunch I used to open for closed. I revamped it and made it an evening variety show - Comedy, Drag, Sideshow, Burlesque, Music, whatever I could get. Last year I stopped doing it so I could focus on just doing comedy. Most folks get up on stage far more often than I do - Open Mics and shows. I started late when I have a full time job, a family, a home, pets and a need to get a lot of rest and I don't have a lot of energy. I wasn't even sure I was going to do any comedy, then I get a monthly gig right off the bat and that kept me going in the beginning. Then I was eager to improve and see what I could do. I think I've improved. I still have a long way to go (IF I stick to it) but I seem to be moving forward.
I brought back my show for a benefit a few months ago, to raise money for a cat shelter. I had SO much fun. Organizing it (the producing side) was exhausting, just as I remembered. But hosting and watching the show - glorious. I decided I would start doing it quarterly. Around the same time I started to get offered some other really interesting (one time) gigs. I'm all about getting interesting gigs. Until the end of the year, this will be the busiest I've been doing shows.
And then I was approached about doing a new monthly show - this was within 24 hours of a really horrible day when I had decided I was going to quit doing comedy and pull out of all the shows. I have those days. I haven't done it yet. So I have a day like that and 24 hours later I'm going to start doing a second show. The first one will be in September. I don't really think I've been this excited about doing a show since I started. It is an idea I had tossing around in my head for a few months - thinking it would be more of a storytelling or sketch type thing I would just do at a few shows when I could. Now, it is part of my new show. Monthly. I plan on combining storytelling with some art work (I haven't really done art work in decades, although that is what I studied in school) and focusing on the things in life that I love dearly and that separate me from so many young folks. I'm now at the age when I get "I don't know who that is?" or "Never heard of that?" half the time I try to engage with someone, and I find myself (quietly, to myself) thinking "They don't know what they missed" when I hear young folks talk about the things that excite them. I'm old. I'm going to celebrate it. I'm turning it into a show.
It is a really small, very funky and intimate place to have shows - in a basement of a bar downtown. The perfect place to try something new.
I'll have folks joining me to do stand-up and storytelling and a few other things. They won't all stick to the "theme", but that's okay. I'll be doing little interviews with them after their sets and I'll be the common thread.
Yesterday the postcards I ordered (I used one of those "design them yourself" sites) came in the mail. I love 'em.
The back of the card.
the orange revelations of cosmic ikahana
a world view of a corner
- The Gay Uncle Time